SSL aims to develop designs, processes and business terms to carry smaller
spacecraft on its GEO satellite bus as part of the DARPA Phoenix program
PALO ALTO, CA, Nov. 4, 2013 /CNW/ - Space Systems/Loral (SSL), a leading
provider of commercial satellites, today announced that it has been selected
to develop designs, processes and business terms for carrying small science
and technology missions to space on its geostationary (GEO) satellite platform.
Under phase two of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
Phoenix program, SSL intends to detail the design and implementation processes
for affordable delivery of small spacecraft beyond Low Earth Orbit (LEO). The
goal of the revolutionary Phoenix program is to enable cost-effective
repurposing of serviceable space hardware that is already on orbit. The
capability that SSL is developing for Phoenix is also expected to enable other
future operational, science and technology space missions.
"The innovative Phoenix program is paving the way for more affordable and
sustainable access to space," said John Celli, president of SSL. "DARPA's
vision and commitment to this capability could open the door to many other
small satellite missions, enabled by frequent access to space on the SSL 1300
SSL regularly works with a broad range of commercial satellite operators and
has experience putting small government missions onto commercial spacecraft in
order to reduce costs for both parties. SSL intends to work with both its
commercial customers and DARPA to facilitate this type of arrangement for the
implementation of the Phoenix program.
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world. As a leading provider of commercial satellites, the company works
closely with satellite operators to provide spacecraft for a broad range of
services including television and radio distribution, digital audio radio,
broadband Internet, and mobile communications. Billions of people around the
world depend on SSL satellites every day. For more information, visit
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